Israel seeks introduction of a tax on digital sales

Israel’s Finance Ministry and tax authority announced in the last week of April that they intend to bring a digital sales tax (DST) that may reap some ILS 1 billion ($280 million) for its treasury. The tax authorities will be working on the development of a tax on the sales of foreign digital companies in the Israeli marketplace. 

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An Orwellian Nightmare? The Proposed Cyber Law

Imagine that at any given moment, the State can enter your business, demand any document and information you have, instruct you on how to operate your IT system, seize computers,  communication systems and drives containing data, or even help itself to your workstations and operate them by itself. Imagine that your most guarded information – your bookkeeping system, Excel files ...

You have zero privacy; get over it

There’s nowhere to hide from the assault on privacy.  It’s what threatens modern technology-oriented life and makes it completely different from life just 20 years ago or less.

At first glance, invasion of privacy is not happening within our homes.  After all, a man’s home is his castle.  If the historic perception of privacy was a man’s right to be ...

Dramatic Overhaul of Israeli Data Security Regulations

Last week, the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) promulgated the Protection of Privacy Regulations (Data Security), 5777-2017 (the “Regulations”). This marks the consummation of a legislative process that began in 2010 with the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA, the Israeli privacy regulator), when the first draft of the Regulations was published for public comment.

The Regulations introduce a far ...

The WordPress-Wix Dispute

The open source community is engaged in a heated dispute between Automatic (the company behind WordPress) and Wix, two of the most prominent developers of content management systems. Reading carefully through the posts of both companies, it seems that they may strike on a fundamental dispute within the Free Software community and legal professionals counseling on Open Source Software: just ...

Painfully Outdated

The Privacy Protection Authority published draft guidelines on the use of drones in public spaces. Sometimes I wonder about the topics the Authority chooses to review in its guidelines, because from my experience they are not the most pressing issues. But I do know the authority is always well-intentioned and its fine people work their best to make do with ...

Challenges to AI Medical Research Under Privacy Laws

The Israeli Ministry of Health – backed up by government decision no. 3709 of March 25, 2018 – announced a national program to promote digital health. It is a highly ambitious plan, that relies heavily on using patients' health records as accumulated during the last 30 years in Israel and recorded in medical databases from various resources – clinical data ...